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2012 28th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM) (2012)
Trento, Italy Italy
Sept. 23, 2012 to Sept. 28, 2012
ISSN: 1063-6773
ISBN: 978-1-4673-2313-0
pp: 368-377
Mark van den Brand , Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Alexander Serebrenik , Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
John Businge , Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
ABSTRACT
Today numerous software systems are being developed on top of frameworks. In this study, we analyzed the survival of 467 Eclipse third-party plug-ins altogether having 1,447 versions. We classify these plug-ins into two categories: those that depend on only stable and supported Eclipse APIs and those that depend on at least one of the potentially unstable, discouraged and unsupported Eclipse non-APIs. Comparing the two categories of plug-ins, we observed that the plug-ins depending solely on APIs have a very high source compatibility success rate compared to those that depend on at least one of the non-APIs. However, we have also observed that recently released plug-ins that depend on non-APIs also have a very high forward source compatibility success rate. This high source compatibility success rate is due to the dependency structure of these plug-ins: recently released plug-ins that depend on non-APIs predominantly depend on old Eclipse nonAPIs rather than on newly introduced ones. Finally, we showed that the majority of plug-ins hosted on SourceForge do not evolve beyond the first year of release.
INDEX TERMS
Conferences, Software maintenance, Software systems, Manuals, Standards, non-APIs, Eclipse, Third-party plug-ins, APIs
CITATION

M. van den Brand, A. Serebrenik and J. Businge, "Survival of Eclipse third-party plug-ins," 2012 28th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM), Trento, Italy Italy, 2012, pp. 368-377.
doi:10.1109/ICSM.2012.6405295
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